Not only are these very good films, these are great theatrical experiences that should be seen on the big screen while the chance is still available. Take for example, the 1990 adaptation of "It".
"I'm wired with his way of telling stories", he said. In fact, in just three days IT has become the fifth highest R-rated horror of all time.
Fast forward to this year. The film's screenplay writers were Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga.
Fukunaga parted from the project for creative differences. As he has done throughout his novels, racial subtext plays heavily into King's story of "It", and to see Muschietti subdue Mike's devastating backstory and the horrors of race is disheartening. From the unsettling tone of voice to lack of humane reactions - ignoring the water dripping from his mouth in the sewers - Skarsgård's engrossing performance made me constantly forget that a man is actual underneath all of that evil (and makeup).
Andy Muschietti was then hired on as director, and that's when I lost my faith in the project.
In March of 2017, however, I changed lanes real fast.
First, we have to talk about Pennywise and how accurately he's portrayed in this film.
There are a number of attributes I can focus in on for the film IT.
While I applaud this film's commitment to creating layered, relatable main characters in respect to King's original work, another aspect of the film that must be recognized is its impressive scare sequences. After seeing "It" last Friday night, all of my concerns were put to rest.
IT, however, stayed true as much as it could for cramming one-half of the novel into just over two hours worth of celluloid and it was fantastic.
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I saw IT and I loved it.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the film is the actors.
The sequel will take off where Andrés Muschietti's film ended.
The Bowers Gang is a group of seven 12-year-old neighbourhood bullies who attend the same school as the members of The Losers Club..
The kids' interactions are no doubt the highlight of the film, and they're what you'll be talking about for long after it's over. No spoilers, but there's a scene at the end with Lieberher that almost made me sob.
But what's heartwarming about "It" and the movie's out-of-the-gate popularity is that it's uniting Americans around the one thing most can agree on: Clowns are terrifying. The cost of making the movie was $35 million. On the Showtime series Dexter, Hall was mostly in control as the serial killer of people with questionable morals. I jumped out of my seat while bravely shouting profanities several times, and Jimmy actually screamed once. The young actors are awesome and Bill Skarsgård plays quite the menacing foe. I mean at first glance, he's about as scary as Mr. Rogers.
Before you condemn me as clownist, know I'm far from alone. His sketchy movements and delightfully loony voice will keep your eyes glued to the screen every time he's on it. The way he scares children is to appear as their utmost fears, and these kids have some pretty screwed up fears.
Other examples of these characters from King's other works include Chris Hargensen in Carrie and Ace Merrill in Stand By Me. I don't think it's quite the best, but it's definitely near the top. On that basis, Skarsgård is ideal for an evil, drooling, psychotic, menacing embodiment of childhood trauma. The kid actors in It are wonderful and their chemistry feels real and they power the lovely coming-of-age story that wins your heart between the scares.
However, after being thrown from a bridge by a group of homophobic youths into the canal below, Mellon is dragged away and brutally slain by the same monster responsible for the gruesome death of George Denborough, along with countless others, 27 years earlier.
If you haven't seen IT yet, what are you waiting for? If you've read the book, however, you should find more than enough here to sink your teeth into. "It was always important for me to reinvent It and reinterpret It in a different way". Alas, this isn't a fair world that we live in.